This book lives up to its title: it is hot and may burn the handler! My fascination with this series reminds me of my initial reaction to the first Anita Blake novels - I LOVE IT. There is the blood and gristle factor and gritty way of handling problems that lets me vicariously tackle whatever "bugged" me that day and mentally beat it into submission. The main character is a strong female and though most of the males she encounters does try to bed her - most of the attempts are not because she is so attractive that they "just can't help themselves." One just sees her as a simple challenge and another is just in the habit of trying to bed any woman no matter who she is... (Saiman and Hound) The rest of the characters are a wonderful mix and I can't wait for the next novel!!!
It's sort of part of the genre now, a main character who mouths off to people she shouldn't, uncontrollably, because they're attractive men who want to sleep with her and she's got issues. Alas for this pattern seen in even the otherwise best recent books of this subgenre (since Bitten maybe? Anita Blake never acted that way).
In this main character's case, there's at least reason. She is obviously attracted yet saying no to every guy. It makes them try harder. And she has a reason in the story to say no even though she's attracted, and it's a reason she can't explain, or even give them a clue about, it would be too dangerous. So she has to act flustered. She does show at one point that she's fully capable of being cool and rational about things. It's not an act, exactly, but it's not helpless reaction either the way most of these type of characters are. So it's a bit less irritating.